From the brilliant intuitions of
who in the 18th century translated the masterpieces of art history into porcelain, to the prolific creativity of
who in the early decades of the twentieth century managed the manufacture remotely by signing thousands of plates, cups, services, small great inventions, each a masterpiece.
Other than grandmother's cups, in short: the result of a civic battle that lasted years, entrusted by the Ministry of Culture to a Foundation, which now also has an unprecedented "social committee", the
, promises to tell its future visitors "an extraordinary history of art" and at the same time "an extraordinary history of the people", taking into account, together with the beauty of the porcelain, all the strikes, the struggles and the movements from below that have animated the life of a manufacturing company so important for the economic and social history of Tuscany.
And since there is still a lot to do between the renovations of the historic building and the setting up of the collection, we start in the meantime as we can, starting with the opening of the large garden to the community that is accompanied by the new logo and the first nucleus of the site ( museoginori.org) with photos, stories, podcasts, and open doors to ideas that once again come from below, from the local community to the many associations in the area.
"A beautiful story that is serving as a model for other situations", applauds the Minister of Culture Franceschini
, citing the example of the Mitoraj Foundation in Pietrasanta which will follow in its footsteps.
"A center of culture and a great reference point for Tuscany", underlines next to him
the governor Eugenio Giani,
imagining that the new museum could also be the starting point for a tour of the Medici villas.
Housed in the reinforced concrete plant that was designed in Sesto Fiorentino by
Pier Niccolò Berardi
and inaugurated in 1965, the reborn museum will actually open its doors in no less than three years, counting on a total investment by the State of approximately 7.5 million. euros, most of which (5.5 million) has yet to be allocated.
"I will work to ensure that all the necessary resources are approved within the legislature", assures the minister, snatching a smile from the pugnacious mayor of Sesto,
At the moment, explains
Tomaso Montanari next to them
, proud "president free of charge" of the foundation born in 2019, the executive project of the first step of the works, already financed with 1.9 million euros, is being carried out, with which two thirds of the ground floor will be restructured.
The other money expected from the government will be used to complete the ground floor and renovate the first floor, to then move on to the preparation of the amazing collection - over 8 thousand porcelains from the 18th century to the present day - and then, finally, to the opening to the public.
"Three years from today", Montanari launches himself, who then hopes to acquire new land to make room for restoration laboratories, offices, warehouses that do not find room in the small building.
Meanwhile, it is he who today holds the ranks of a job that since 2017, when the State acquired the building and collection, has never stopped, starting with the safety of the roofs of the building, with 300 thousand euros invested by the Museums Management of the Tuscany.
Now the Ginori museum has a director,
Andrea Di Lorenzo
, flanked by the conservators
Olivia Rucellai and Rita Balieri,
a board of directors, a scientific council and also a social committee, conceived, explains the professor, "as a listening room and co-planning of the cultural and social direction ".
In recent years the inventory of the collection has been made, with a digital archive, didactic activities, exhibitions, conferences are organized.
with the logo where the blue and gold of Ginori are placed together with the red of the workers' movement, mark another fundamental step forward, Montanari warms up, for a museum "truly imagined as a common good".